Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What's it like to have water 24/7: Conclusion to our water situation story

Promise, folks! This is going to be the last blog about our water story. We've gone from "OK, I can deal with this" to "this is just insane!" for more than a year that having water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is a big deal for us. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. A team of fourteen from our home church in Virginia was coming and God worked out amazingly in the heart of "Uncle" next door. Sometimes as missionaries we are stretched beyond what we think we could do. Ed learned some simple plumbing early on in our ministry here. He worked on our 1,000-liter tank for a few days and finally got pipes hooked up to the water pump. Poor guy, first time we turned the water on, there were leaks in just about every connection. He finally got it done a few hours before we had to leave for Bangkok to pick up the team. Isn't God wonderful! Perfect timing! Imagine what we would have to do with so many people in our house and no running water!

A few have asked, "what's it like now that you have running water?"
1. We don't have to revolve our lives around 4:00PM to store water.
2. We don't have to use disposables almost every meal.
3. We don't have to yell at our children for using more than a scoop of water to wash their hands.
4. We don't have to pour water ourselves while washing dishes.
5. We don't have to do laundry at the laundromat (if we did laundry at home, there wouldn't be enough water to live for the day).
6. No more bucket showers!!!
7. Darlene's plants are not dying anymore, they're green and flowers are blooming!
8. Kids in our student center get to wash their hands after using the bathroom. Now, THAT's a big deal!

So, folks... every time you use water, please thank God for the convenience of having running water in your house! This experience made us appreciate what many people just take for granted!

The big question now is... what are we going to do with all these tubs we collected to store water in???
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